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Yemen The Right Side of Felicity
  Yemen: The Right Side of Felicity   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
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The name Yemen may come from 'yamin', meaning right, or it may come from 'yumn', meaning felicity, since it is so fertile for the region. The Romans called it 'Arabia Felix', meaning Happy Arabia, in contrast to 'Arabia Deserta'.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Sep 17 21
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Sep 17 21
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  Oh Come All Yemen (And Women)   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Yemen is one of those small countries that you don't hear much about. So join The Four Winds (Lones78, Shuehorn, JanIQ and zorba_scank) as we learn more about this amazing desert country.
Average, 10 Qns, lones78, Apr 25 14
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  Yeah, Man, It's Yemen   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
On 'Friends', Chandler pretended he had been transferred to Yemen, then was forced to actually fly there. Your visit is strictly voluntary and free!
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, May 31 15
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  Yemen   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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A short quiz on a little known country.
Average, 10 Qns, bloomsby, Jul 12 23
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Jul 12 23
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  Be Yemen of Valour    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Republic of Yemen is a Middle Eastern country on the Arabian Peninsula. How much do you know about this Arabian nation?
Average, 10 Qns, Daaanieeel, Sep 11 12
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Yemen Trivia Questions

1. One of the reasons for Yemen's significance in international affairs is its location close to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait which lies between the Arabian Peninsula and which two countries on the Horn of Africa?

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Yeah, Man, It's Yemen

Answer: Djibouti and Eritrea

The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait connects the Red Sea (which is itself connected to the Mediterranean Sea by the Suez Canal) and the Gulf of Aden, a branch of the Arabian Sea. This region is an important transport route between Europe and eastern Africa and southern and eastern Asia. The Arabic name of the strait translates into English as Gateway of Grief, a name that may refer either to the dangers attendant on travelling through it, or to an Arab legend about the people who died when a major earthquake led to the separation of Asia and Africa (which are at their closest in this region). At its narrowest point, the strait is about 30 km wide, and is further divided into two narrower channels by the volcanic island of Perim.

2. Yemen is located in the Middle East in the south of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Red Sea, Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the south, south-west and south-east, Oman to the east and which country to the north?

From Quiz Be Yemen of Valour

Answer: Saudi Arabia

Yemen is located in the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula and is bordered by Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Many of the islands in the Red Sea belong to Yemen, such as the Hamish Islands, Kamaran and Perim. Many of these islands are volcanic. Yemen is the 50th largest country by size in the world. It is roughly 527,970 sq km in size (203,850 sq mi). On the west coast it is mostly hot and humid, the western mountains have a temperate climate although affected by seasonal monsoons, and it is extremely hot and harsh in the desert.

3. Yemen borders on two other countries. One is Saudi Arabia, and what is the other?

From Quiz Yemen

Answer: Oman

Yemen is situated in the south of the Arabian Peninsular, opposite the Horn of Africa.

4. Yemen in its present form was created in 1990 by the merger of two countries - North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic) and South Yemen (The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen). What was the latter called prior to 1967?

From Quiz Yemen

Answer: Aden

Aden consisted of a small British Crown Colony and a much larger protectorate.

5. Yemen can be divided, roughly, into four main geographic regions. Which of them is virtually uninhabited except for semi-nomadic Bedouins?

From Quiz Yeah, Man, It's Yemen

Answer: Rub' Al Khali

The Rub' Al Khali (a name which translates into English as Empty Quarter), is the largest sand desert in the world, and covers much of the Arabian peninsula, including the northeastern portion of Yemen. Although it is called a sand desert, and certainly has massive areas of reddish-colored sand dunes (some up to 250m in height), the sand rests on an underlying bed of gypsum gravel, which is clearly seen in some regions. In the part of the Rub' Al Khali that is in neighboring Oman, there is a notorious area of quicksand called the Umm al Samim, first described for Europeans by Sir Wilfred Thesiger in the 1940s.

6. North and South Yemen were previously separate countries. South Yemen was under British rule, but the British withdrew in 1967. Which empire was North Yemen a part of?

From Quiz Be Yemen of Valour

Answer: Ottoman Empire

In 1918, North Yemen became independent from the Ottoman Empire. The British withdrew from South Yemen in 1967. A Marxist philosophy was adopted by South Yemen in 1970, causing many to flee to North Yemen. Because of this the two nations became hostile towards each other. However, in 1990, the two nations were unified and became the Republic of Yemen. Ten years later in 2000 Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to establish limits of the shared border.

7. Yemen controls a busy and important narrow body of water. Which is it?

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Answer: Bab al Mandab

At its southern end, the Red Sea becomes very narrow - no more than a strait, and is called the Bab al Mandab. To the south of Yemen is the Gulf of Aden. The Strait of Hormuz controls the entrance to the Persian Gulf and is much further east.

8. Until the 19th century, the port of Mocha in the southeast of Yemen served as the country's main seaport. What was the most important commodity traded there between the 15th and 18th centuries?

From Quiz Yeah, Man, It's Yemen

Answer: Coffee

So important was Mocha in the coffee trade that its name has become synonymous with the very best coffee beans (and only later as describing a mixture of coffee and chocolate). The Mocha coffee bean comes from a strain of Coffea arabica which is native to Yemen. For a long time, this bean was available only from Mocha. To protect their monopoly, sellers ensured that the coffee beans were roasted before exporting, so that there was no chance of the buyers propagating the plants for themselves. If you can locate some true Mocha coffee, it is worth the effort to get a sample of a flavor that was formerly only available to royalty due to its expense.

9. Which mountain is the highest point in Yemen?

From Quiz Oh Come All Yemen (And Women)

Answer: Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb

The Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb (meaning 'mountain of the prophet Shu'ayb')is a mountain reaching a height of 3,666 m (12,028 ft). It is situated some 35 km (22 miles) west from the capital city. There are sources giving the Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb a higher altitude, but these sources lack cartographical evidence. On top of the Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb you'll find a military radar post. Manning this station is not always a pleasure, for strong winds prevail and the temperature can drop to below 0° C (32° F). The name of the mountain might derive from the fact that Islamic prophet Shu'ayb has a shrine on the mountain slope. The other options are the Yemeni capital (Sana'a), a Yemeni island group (Socotra) and a desert reaching the far end of Yemen (Rub al Khali).

10. Yemen consists largely of desert. In what part of the country are the more fertile areas found?

From Quiz Yemen

Answer: The western coastal strip

The fertile areas are mainly in the western part of the country, where there are coffee plantations. There is also some subsistence farming and also herding.

11. The Old City part of Yemen's capital Sana'a is famed for having thousands of buildings that were built before the 11th century. They include over 100 mosques and at least a dozen hammams. What is a hammam, anyway?

From Quiz Yeah, Man, It's Yemen

Answer: Public bath

Also called Turkish baths, hammams are often located near mosques, to facilitate the cleansing that is required of Muslims before prayer. Typically, it will have three rooms: the sıcaklık (hot room), a warm room often including massage facilities, and the soğukluk (cool room), where the bather finishes the cleansing process under running water, and partakes of refreshments. The Old City District (al-Qadeemah) of Sana'a is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, having been built inside the surrounding clay walls over 2500 years ago. Many of its buildings are multi-storied, and bear intricate geometric decorations. Sights include the Great Mosque of Sana'a (built in the 7th century, and one of the oldest in the world), the Suq al-Milh (Salt Market, but much more than that is on sale), and the gate through which the area is accessed, called the Yemen Gate, which is over 1000 years old. The Old City was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, a listing which specified 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses.

12. The highest point in Yemen is Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb. It is also the highest peak on the Arabian Peninsula. What does Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb mean?

From Quiz Be Yemen of Valour

Answer: Mountain of the Prophet Shu'ayb

Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb is the highest peak on the Arabian Peninsula and also the highest peak of Yemen. It is located close to the capital city of Sana'a. On the top of the mountain is a shrine for the prophet Shu'ayb. According to Islamic beliefs, Shu'ayb had been sent by God to warn the people of Midian and Ayka. They did not listen and God destroyed the cities in his wrath. It is quite difficult to be allowed to climb the mountain. Yemen's lowest point is the Arabian Sea.

13. Socotra is an archipelago of islands which belongs to Yemen. How many islands make up Socotra?

From Quiz Be Yemen of Valour

Answer: Four

Socotra is an archipelago of islands belonging to Yemen, located in the Indian Ocean. They became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The largest of the four islands is Socotra and makes up about 95% of the total landmass of the islands, and is the largest island of Yemen. The three others are Abd al Kuri, Samhah and Darsah. The main island (Socotra) has many karst caves, such as Halah Cave. The islands are very biodiverse and have a wide range of birds and spiders in particular. The islands are also known as Soqotra.

14. What is the capital?

From Quiz Yemen

Answer: Sana'a

Before the unification of the two Yemen republics, Sana'a was the capital of North Yemen.

15. Yemen is strategically located on the Bab-el-Mandeb, a strait which links which two bodies of water?

From Quiz Be Yemen of Valour

Answer: Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

The Bab-el-Mandeb links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. It is one of the most active shipping lanes in the world. Bub-el-Mandeb means "Gate of Grief" or "Gate of Tears" in Arabic, as according to an Arab legend an earthquake took place there which killed many and separated Asia from Africa. Other countries situated around it are Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea.

16. What is the approximate population of the country?

From Quiz Yemen

Answer: 32 million

The country has for two decades had one of the highest birth-rates in the world, and 46% of the population is under the age of 15. On average, every woman in the country gives birth to seven children in her lifetime, which is a very high figure indeed.

17. Yemen has dozens of seaports, situated either on the Red Sea or on the Gulf of Aden. One of the ports on the Red Sea reminds me of something in the kitchen. What is the name of this specific harbor?

From Quiz Oh Come All Yemen (And Women)

Answer: Mocha

Mocha was traditionally the largest seaport and marketplace for coffee beans. During the sixteenth century, Mocha was the principal harbor for all products transported to and from Sana'a, the modern capital city (situated about 365 km or 230 miles to the northeast). Neither Sherbet nor Almond nor Dish are names of any seaports in or around Yemen.

18. The Tihamah is a coastal region in Yemen. Along which body of water does it run?

From Quiz Be Yemen of Valour

Answer: Red Sea

The Tihamah (the "hot lands" or "hot earth") is a coastal region shared by Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is made up of large sand dunes and flat planes. Temperatures are extreme here, the heat can become unbearable. The Tihamah can be split in to three sections: the north being the Tihamat al-Hejaz, the middle the Tihamat 'Asir and the southern part the Tihamat al-Yemen. Parts of the Tihamah are marshy and are good breeding grounds for malaria mosquitos.

19. For about three centuries prior to independence, North Yemen belonged to a foreign empire. Which one?

From Quiz Yemen

Answer: The Ottoman (Turkish) Empire

Ottoman power did not extend beyond the coastal strip and was often nominal.

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